God Dethroned has been quite the staple act within the death metal community for some time. One of the driving forces behind the style’s success in the Netherlands with their signature blackened touch, their groove-laced exploits have solidified them as a force not to be reckoned with. Their sound, however, has been mutating over recent years, offering up something relatively fresh with each new endeavour. From horror themes and pissed off tributes to war anthems and nightmarish landscapes, one can never accurately predict what is coming you way next. This slight uncertainty is where we find ourselves with their tenth full-length offering, The World Ablaze. But what kind of God Dethroned do we get, and is it any good?
John Frum is a brand new four-piece entity forged by former members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Faceless, John Zorn, and more. Originally formed on November 11th, 2011, the band’s mixture of technical/psychedelic death metal and mathcore elements has been coming to a slow boil, eventually leading to the group’s signing with Relapse Records to unleash their debut full-length album A Stirring in the Noos later this month. But has the brew been perfected, or could it use a little more time to age?
Technical death metal outfit
Artificial Brain was forged in 2011 by musicians from the likes of Luminous Vault, Afterbirth, as well as Revocation. Since then, there has been a demo and single issued the year of formation, an EP in 2013, as well as a debut full-length titled Labyrinth Constellation, which was issued through Profound Lore Records. While a largely underground entity, the group gained some mainstream exposure with the song “Absorbing Black Ignition” having appeared on an episode of the CBS television series Elementary [according to metal-archives.com]. It wouldn’t be until a little over three years that a follow-up effort, Infrared Horizon, would be released. So is it well worth checking out, or is the complexity on display not all that awe-inspiring?
Celestial Grave is yet another nameless entry into the underground world of black metal. The two-piece act from Finland first made their presence known with their 2016 demo Burial Ground Trance, which was issued by Iron Bonehead Productions, the label handling their follow-up two-track seven-inch EP Pvtrefactio due later this month. But is there anything substantial lurking within that vinyl, or is it just another typical entry you won’t soon remember?
The once mysterious depressive/post-black metal group Ghost Bath is one of those units that has divided the fan base of an entire genre. Their blend of emotionally charged material, crazed wails, and bouts of anime theme song influence have left people on one side or the other with each new release. Their most recent, Moonlover, an independent effort later picked up by Nuclear Blast for distribution upon signing the five-piece from Minot, North Dakota, has actually received a fair amount of negativity across the board. However, loyal fans who appreciate what they are doing have been anxiously awaiting the follow-up album Starmourner, which is finally upon us. But have the group improved their sound to swoon the naysayers, or will the die-hards not even find this one all that engaging?